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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Vampire Legends from around the World – Vlad the Impaler and Judas Iscariot

Vlad the Impaler Without a doubt, the most infamous vampire in history is Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, who was popularized as Dracula in Bram Stoker’s ground-breaking novel.  Vlad the Impaler, the Prince of Wallachia, was a sadistic aristocrat who killed people purely for pleasure.  He was terribly feared by the people.  Read More…

Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks

  Prior to reading Bearers of the Black Staff, I had not realized that his Shannara and Knight of the Word series were interconnected.  One of the things that I especially liked about this novel is the way that Brooks presented the backstory that linked the stories following the time that Hawk, the Gypsy Morph Read More…

Vampire Legends – Ancient Greece and Rome

  Much of ancient Greek and Roman mythology are the same or at least interchangeable, and this holds true in some of their vampire mythos as well.  Much of what is found in classic vampire lore can be found here. Although they are not the oldest tales of vampire, much of what is  popular in Read More…

Vampire Legends from around the World – Mesopotamia

That the oldest of the vampire legends stem from the area of Mesopotamia should come as little surprise, since that is where the first modern civilization originates from, and vampire mythology exists both throughout the globe and throughout history in almost every culture.  Vampire stories can be found in Sumerian, Babylonian, Persian and Jewish cultures Read More…

Crusade by Taylor Anderson

Taylor Anderson’s first novel in his Destroymen series was one of the best novels I’ve ever read, so the bar was set high for Crusade.  Fortunately, Taylor Anderson delivered with an excellent sequel.  The world he created is a fascinating one where two naval destroyers from World War II are badly damaged in a fight Read More…

Ganymede by Cherie Priest

I have read very little Steampunk and find the genre a bit peculiar, but after having read Ganymede, I will definitely have to explore the genre a little further in particular Priest’s Clockwork Century series.  Cherie Priest managed to weave a fascinating tale mixing in real, historical events and characters along with fictionalized elements to Read More…

Last Call to Become a Character in Reclamation Mother Earth

  The contest deadline is October 14th.